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‘The Flash’ stumbles at the box office with $55.1 million

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The Flash got off to a less than flashy start at the North American box office, earning an estimated $55.1 million over the weekend — good enough to take first, but less than the expected $70-million-plus opening, though it could add another $10 million or so on the Juneteenth holiday on Monday June 19. The movie, starring Ezra Miller as the titular character — a.k.a. Barry Allan — didn’t fare much better overseas, where it grabbed an estimated $75 million.

Disney-Pixar’s Elemental also had a disappointing opening weekend, finishing second with an estimated $29.5 million — the lowest opening gross for a Pixar film in 28 years. The animated feature — with a voice cast that includes Wendi McLendon-Covey and Catherine O’Hara — added an estimated $15 million overseas for a global total of $44.5 million.

Pulling up in third place was Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, delivering an estimated $27.8 million, bringing its three-week domestic total to $280 million and $489.3 globally.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts grabbed an estimated $20 million, putting it in fourth place. The latest movie in the Transformers franchise has now earned $103 million. Worldwide, Rise of the Beasts has collected $174.3 million.

Rounding out the top five was Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, earning an estimated $11.6 million in its fourth week of release. The film has now racked up $253 million at the North American box office and $466 million worldwide.

Elsewhere, Wes Anderson‘s Asteroid City — starring Tom HanksSteve CarellRita WilsonJeff GoldblumTilda SwintonJason SchwartzmanJeffrey Wright, and Liev Schreiber — scooped up an estimated $790,000 from six theaters in New York and Los Angeles. It goes wide next week.

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